The one responsible of leading battalions should be confident enough and poses critical thinking skills to lead the Armored Brigade Combat Team to success. With regards to finding solutions, the leader in command will have to be ready to deal with all kinds of mind challenging problems that will require good knowledge and experience in leadership and a lot of training in combat to ensure that he can quite well participate in all programs and decision-making activities.
The key leadership problem facing the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team is categorized into some sub-factors that in turn affect the administration. These limitations include upholding the reputation of the battalions, ensuring that the morale of the team is always high, improvement of communication systems during the war, stress among the team members among others. Command Sergeant Major Ivor, in L100, states that “I’m worried about my senior non-commissioned officers. They appear competent, but I do not see any results from their work. They are sick and tired of the constant barrage of taskers, and they don’t believe anything they do is making a difference. There is no priority, yesterday it was that today it’s this, tomorrow it will be something else. There appears to be little teamwork among them and their officers. When I ask them why they don’t speak up and get involved, they ask, ‘Why should I? Nothing ever comes of it. Our officers are only concerned about themselves, not the unit.’”1
Apart from this, the team members lack enough motivation to work, while the staff complains that they “Nothing we do on this staff seems to be good enough and staffing actions never seem to get the time they deserve. We are not allowed to make everyday decisions at our level, and it seems we jump from one crisis to another with no apparent direction”1. The staff needed that their work is acknowledged and appreciated since they appear to be subordinated and their presence is not felt within site. On the other hand, some soldiers are suffering from medical conditions. These soldiers are off duty since their state of health, which was not attained in battle, has affected their work life and led to a lack of enough troops to be in the war.
The battalion and brigade commanders used to meet and discuss work related subjects even within social events considering of ways that could improve their squad. Problems used to exist, but according to L100, these problems were solved as early as possible before they could reach the force command levels. There existed coordination and teamwork, with competitions having the aim of improving the battalions. L100 continues to state that “Now it appears the environment is different and the brigades are competing not to improve the squad, but to set themselves apart from the unit”1. Teamwork within the battalion has been found to produce good results, but in this case, the togetherness of the team might lead to inconvenient results, which are undesirable.
The apparition that I plan to implement first is to develop the communication systems that is employed during battle. Exchanges in the field are of vital importance, and it should be the primary concern for any leader. The Center notes this problem From the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL), where it stated that “The digital network frequently crashed, making communication loss between the brigade and subordinate battalion headquarters a standard, if not daily, occurrence”1.
In addition to communication, teamwork is another significant blunder to be mended. Proper coordination with teams results in improved and healthy battalions which can better the design and implementation of the battle strategy. Better understanding leads to improved states of work, which in turn will reduce the stress on the soldiers and will share resources and information quickly.
In solving the so named problems, it is important to state that it is a long process and it will not happen in just a click, but as a process, it will take some time. As it was noticed that the staff would also be available on the last assignment, the first way of providing a solution is to ensure that the incoming team will have enough knowledge concerning the work they will be given. The team will have to be verified of their effectiveness about the stated vision.
Concerning the communication issue, employment of more advanced technology will do the trick. With the modern gadgets, communication is enhanced, and more of the glitches and crashes will be eliminated to provide enough time, that initially was used in mending the broken signals, to be used in planning and development of battle strategies in the field.
To enhance teamwork, I plan on ensuring that during participation in social activities, the brigades and battalions can interact and compete with effectiveness regarding the visions to be implemented. Both battalions and brigades will have to work together to improve their relations, while at the same time enhance their skills.
Constant and incessant communication practice leads to more and more perfection in passing messages to the intended recipients. The process is continuous, and improvement in the same comes about through trials and error until one gets a professional touch to it. To achieve good communication criteria, there exists a number of factors to consider, which include clarity of the sent message which entails all the details to be passed on, preciseness and shortcodes that are understandable by the battalions, commonness which entails that the message should be simple to decode for the armies but not simple enough for ordinary people.
In conclusion, as the lieutenant colonel who commanded a battalion in the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, I believe that the team will significantly improve and gain more morale and confidence. Under my leadership, I will ensure to uphold the battalion’s honor and lead not only as a leader but also as a person with the interest of the improvement of the unit’s battling strategy. Additionally, I will ensure that the communication system has been upgraded to counter the errors that would otherwise lead to disruptions in the field and improve the way the troops can inter-communicate with their teams both in the ground and at the offices to ensure maximized teamwork.
U.S Army Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations,
2008 retrieved from http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/Repository/FM307/FM3-07.pdf
Combined Arms Center retrieved from usacac.army.mil